Sunday, December 7, 2008

Buried Treasures- - -What I have been doing in 2008

Seth Apter of http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/ has started a challenge to find buried treasures in our blogs. I think this is a great idea as it is so hard to look back through just found blogs. This one of my favorite posts that I have done.


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This year has been a breakthrough for me. I am trying new things and trying to release my inner muse (it thinks I have lost it).

I bought a new tiny camera that I can easily take with me wherever I go. The week I bought it I headed to Kauai and took over 1200 shots. I was in heaven!






I make a lot of what I call "stones". They are small things that I can build on. I normally have no idea of what I am going to do with them but I can't seem to stop once I begin.




Fabric beads (mostly polyester) rolled and heated with a heat gun.





Made with fabric and glue.


Pipe cleaners wrapped with fabric.

My second group exchange was a post card challenge. No theme to this one, but since I had just come back from Hawaii fish seemed logical.















All the cards are made from cotton scraps with just a few emblishments.


I participated in my first art exchange with my mixed media group. It was a "skinny book" and our theme was "woman".





I used paper towels and dyed them with old markers. Then I drew on them with india ink and added crystals.



I have a wonderful source for upholstery fabrics. I made a number of purses, designed one myself, sold a few, and taught a couple of classes.





I discovered felting machines. A friend came over for a play day and brought this wonderful machine that she had found at a quilt show in Chicago. She let me try it and I was hooked. I bought my own the same week. This is one of my favorite things to do. I haven't done much quilting since I bought it.







These are all 4" by 6".
I used silk on some and polyesters on others.


In our mixed media group we do some mini workshops. One day a member, Debbie, show us how to do a type of free form quilting. We worked up rectangles and then slice them up and put them back together.





I found some wonderful silk leaves and made some small art pieces.



Most of the leaves are silk but the backgrounds are a blend.

43 comments:

Studio Sylvia said...

Lovely pieces, Ginny - they are treasures.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wonderful eye candy, thank you for sharing so much Buried Treasure!

Glad I found you on Seth's blog!

LostLuggage said...

WOW this post is jammed packed with beautiful things!! Nice treasure!!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

Wow Ginny - you have many talents and abilities! Your drawings are impressive!

magpie said...

so varied and delicious!
i especially love the fabric leaves.
thanks for finding me so i could find you!

Ingrid Dijkers said...

So very beautiful!

Kerin said...

Gorgeous work and the Hawaiian images were so fun!!! This was a great post and I'm so glad you shared!

alteredbits said...

wonderful photos and i love your fabric beads! those are great! all of your art is so varied and fun!

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

Oh Ginny.....a girl after my own heart....I love all your chaos...just wonerful!

Anonova said...

Woah! That's a significant amount of awesome work, right there. I'm completely fascinated by the felt work and wish I wasn't so scared of fabric-type-stuff.

Debrina said...

Amazing array of gorgeousness in this posting. Eye candy for the fabric-a-holic and gorgeous photos that inspire with all that colour. Glad to have come your way and thanks for finding me on Seth's collaborative posting!

m. heart said...

I can't believe how much you've accomplished, and in such diverse mediums! The fabric beads are especially intriguing. And the fish cards are beautiful!

notmassproduced said...

multi talented! I'm loving those pipe cleaners :o)

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks for visiting me. I just love your work - I shall be back. Call on me again. Best wishes.

Kim said...

Don't know why you feel intimidated when your art is so wonderful. The textile pieces are especially lovely. So glad I found you through Seth's buried treasure. I'll be back!

Gail P said...

OMG! absolutely lovely treasures! I'll have to come back often to see what you're up to. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Kelly said...

Gosh, those are such beautiful colorful works. I'm always amazed at what can be done with fabric. Loved the fishes the most. Glad I followed the link from Seth's blog.

Stephanie said...

wow! what a wonderful assortment of color and texture...

Lani Gerity said...

Treasure indeed!
I really want to try these things!
(Oh and thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!)

WrightStuff said...

So I was really hit by all the colour and delightful textures. Especially liked the fish. Thanks for popping by my blog! Do feel free to call again!

John said...

You live your life creating and do so in so many ways - thank you for sharing so mnay examples of what you do. Your stones intrigue me.

I appreciate the vibrant honesty your work exudes.

Thanks for your visit. Regards.

Fin said...

Hi thanks for coming by my place, glad I made you grin. Your treasures are all really cool. I was really drawn to the fish.

Patti said...

you certainly have varied and abundant talents - wow, what a wonderful post! thanks for visiting me and I'll be back for sure! if you get time, I'd like to know what was confusing about my post (I'm a writer also, and always on the lookout for clarity:)
take care!

Kimmie said...

wow! such a diversity of art and interest! and I get the feeling there's lots more to come :)

Patti said...

hi: those were my Buried Treasure posts, and I thought they'd been there since Thursday but, who knows! Anyway, thanks so much, again for your kind comments and I love your site!

dryadart said...

Wow Ginny your work is incredible!!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm finally getting around to your blog. I'm a bit slow, but what else is new? You are one very multi-talented lady. Your art is simply stunning. Is there anything you haven't tried? Your drawings are amazing and your fish are to die for!!

Margaret said...

wow! so many beautiful things to look at on your blog. The beads and pipe cleaners are amazing, very cool texture and colours. I'll be keeping my eye on you!

Curio said...

There is absolutely nothing I don't like about your blog. The way you explore so many different medium and use them in such beautiful ways. I guess I will have to thank Seth once again for this great idea which has allowed the discovery of so many talented people! I'll be back!

Mar said...

EVERYTHING you show in this re-post is just gorgeous!!!!
you know
this list of seths is really becoming a problem...
fabulous to meet you and thank you for coming to my blog and for such a nice comment!

jgy said...

So much flow and creativity!
I like the way you describe and share the treasures that come from your creative muse.
Happy making!

rivergardenstudio said...

You have been creating so much! I love the photographs, the close ups of plant life and the fabric beads, and your felting, and the beautiful bags!! Roxanne

michelleward said...

omg! so much lovely and varied work you've dug up for the buried treasure. bravo ginny. i especially love the fabric leaf pieces and the felting. swoon!

3rdEyeMuse said...

hard for you to begin a new project?!? have you noticed all these GREAT projects ALL in this single post?!? I, for one, am truly inspired.

Kim Mailhot said...

2008 was a pretty incredible art year for you ! Love your fish and those felted pieces, wow ! Just beautiful !
thanks for re-sharing your wonderful treasures !

judeberman said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!
Your treasures are lovely. I especially like those fish!

Karin Bartimole said...

What a rich journey through some of your creative works! I absolutely love your felt pieces and the free form quilting - your colors and textures are beautiful. The bead photos are really cool, too - have you done anything with the beads?

La Dolce Vita said...

Hi Ginny,
Thanks for visiting my blog! how talented you are love you work and I will be back!

deb did it said...

WOW! I love all that green...those photos are beautiful...and oh those fun funky fish.....what a great time i have had here visiting your blog!

Lost Aussie said...

What an awesome array of projects and skills! Thanks for taking us back and showing this wonderful display.

Ro Bruhn said...

I love it all, so much to see, but the beads and the fish are fabulous.

peggy gatto said...

found you at artful journey!!!!!
After looking around your delightful space, I have a question.
Is there anything you don't do???????????????
What a talented and colorful artisit. Love the beads so much!!!!!
Look forward to meeting you at artfuljourney.
Come by when you get the time!!!!

Leah Virsik said...

Hi Ginny,
I found you at artfuljourneyretreat too! Wow! Incredible stuff you have here. I want a felting machine too! Your colors are beautiful, the bright greens from your photos and your rich varied textures in your fabric pieces. Looking forward to meeting you in February!

Leah
www.leahvirsik.com/blog